October 20, 2011
Circulation slip with stamps and colored pencil.
From the back matter of A Little Tour in France, by Henry James (1885). [Here]

Circulation slip with stamps and colored pencil.

From the back matter of A Little Tour in France, by Henry James (1885). [Here]

October 19, 2011
Hand of digitization employee (?).
From the front matter of A Practical Treatise on the Hive and Honey-bee, by Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (1865). [Here]

Hand of digitization employee (?).

From the front matter of A Practical Treatise on the Hive and Honey-bee, by Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (1865). [Here]

October 19, 2011
Did you know that you can follow The Art of Google Books on Facebook?

October 19, 2011

Blank and white plate digitized in color, with neon effect; image chosen for auto-cover, with another applied filter.

From various pages of Arctic Explorations, by Elisha Kent Kane and Charles Woodruff Shields (1868). [Here]

October 18, 2011
Motion, movement, distortion.
Advertisement from the front matter of Fishwives’ & Fishgirls’ Costumes, A Souvenir of the Fisheries Exhibition (1883). [Here]

Motion, movement, distortion.

Advertisement from the front matter of Fishwives’ & Fishgirls’ Costumes, A Souvenir of the Fisheries Exhibition (1883). [Here]

October 18, 2011

Figures photographed through protective tissue; heads have been excluded.

From various pages of Select Historical Costumes (1868). [Here]

October 18, 2011

Image photographed through protective tissue (?) with library stamps from the Brooklyn Public Library and UGL (an undergraduate library). Stamp reading “LOCATION CHANGED” is apt, given digitization and subsequent digital distribution.

The frontispiece to Asiatic Costumes (1828). [Here]

October 17, 2011
Part of front cover captured with digitization environment.
Accompanies Vaughn’s Vegetable Cook Book: How to Cook and Use Rarer Vegetables and Herbs (1898). [Here]

Part of front cover captured with digitization environment.

Accompanies Vaughn’s Vegetable Cook Book: How to Cook and Use Rarer Vegetables and Herbs (1898). [Here]

October 17, 2011
The Latin phrase “Vox populi” (“voice of the people”) as penciled into the front endpapers.
From the front matter of of Some Passages in the Life of Sir Frizzle Pumpkin: The Pic-nic and Other Tales, by James White (1834). [Here]
Note: It’s aptly timed that I’d find this now, given all of the Occupy movements that are taking to the streets. I also like the implications of the voice of the nineteenth century readers as expressed through writing in books. —kcw

The Latin phrase “Vox populi” (“voice of the people”) as penciled into the front endpapers.

From the front matter of of Some Passages in the Life of Sir Frizzle Pumpkin: The Pic-nic and Other Tales, by James White (1834). [Here]

Note: It’s aptly timed that I’d find this now, given all of the Occupy movements that are taking to the streets. I also like the implications of the voice of the nineteenth century readers as expressed through writing in books. —kcw

October 17, 2011

Scraps of dyed cloth glued into book as examples; some faded, stained.

From p. 140-142 of Applied Chemistry: In Manufactures, Arts, and Domestic Economy, by Edward Andrew Parnell (1844). [Here]

October 17, 2011
Dictation notes, in pencil.
From The One Hoss Shay, by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1892). [Here]

Dictation notes, in pencil.

From The One Hoss Shay, by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1892). [Here]

October 17, 2011
Scrap of torn text; autolinks made from stains.
From the table of contents of The Western Farmer and Gardener, by Edward James Hooper (1848). [Here]

Scrap of torn text; autolinks made from stains.

From the table of contents of The Western Farmer and Gardener, by Edward James Hooper (1848). [Here]

October 16, 2011

Notes in English and Latin detailing the book’s (mis)adventures: the gift of an ambassador, and a stint in a Rothenburg library, among others.

From the front matter of Religio Medici, by Thomas Browne (1682). [Here]

October 16, 2011

The marbled boards of The Office, Powers, and Jurisdiction, of His Majesty’s Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of Supply, by Robert Boyd (1787). [Here]

October 16, 2011
Never due: unstamped circulation card.
From the back matter of The Plays of William Shakspeare [sic], v.7, (1793). [Here]

Never due: unstamped circulation card.

From the back matter of The Plays of William Shakspeare [sic], v.7, (1793). [Here]